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Sceptre

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Country: US

Comment: Pre-Agent Steel and Sardo. There were/are other bands called Sceptre from India (Thrash), US (Heavy) in the world.

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Current/Last SCEPTRE Lineup:
John Cyriis 'John Camps, Max Havlock, Max Kobol'guitar
Butch Sayvocal
Tony Sardobass guitar
Phil Sardodrums

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SCEPTRE Discography:
(a link on an album can have a floating small review from here)
Band status: The World Speed / Power / Melodic Metal list supported.
 
demo'1983
 
Compilations, splits, etc.:
 
Metal Massacre 4'1983
Additional information
more information from Sceptre members (18.01.2007):
We auditioned both John and Butch through the L.A. recycler publication and as musicians, we hit it off very quickly. We knew John as "Camps"... (if that is not his name, we do not know what it is) but during that time he expressed an interest of changing his name to Cyriis which he did. Our first show was in early '83 in North Hollywood at a place called "Filthy McNasty's" and it was a very successful show. We continued to write new material, play live shows and record for a deal with Metal Blade Records. The most important thing to us has always been about quality in musicianship! We were always technical players and this is why we were later known as a Power/Thrash/Speed Metal band as opposed to just a Thrash band. We remember receiving high praise for the drum work and Tony's bass work on the three song demo. This was during a time when John had no intention of becoming a vocalist and instead, was an excellent guitarist. With the release of M.M. 4, we were soon dubbed as the "featured band" on it. Things came to an end quickly though because Butch had a more commercial musical path to follow and then we had some very major internal problems with John which soon led us to break up. Tony and Phil were always the core of SCEPTRE and so they soon thereafter formed SARDO and continued as a band. They grew again with new material and shows and received some major label interest at the time but again experienced internal problems. They took an extended break and in late '98 decided to re-record early material from SCEPTRE and SARDO. Tony and Phil formed the THRUSTOR "Night of Fire" project which is now being re-mixed and should be released in the coming months. They are also writing new material that will follow with the same ideals as SCEPTRE and SARDO... intense, brutal and technical Metal! The band is in pre-production now for the second phase of the THRUSTOR project and they will start officially recording for a brand new release later this year.

brief biography from Sceptre members (13.01.2007):
The SCEPTRE 3 song demo was recorded in '83 with Butch Say, John Camps, Tony Sardo and Phil Sardo. It was recorded at a studio just outside of L.A. in a city called Walnut, CA. The session included the three songs, ("Sceptre", "144,000 Gone", and "Taken by Force"), and then secured a deal with Metal Blade Records for a featured spot on Metal Massacre 4 with "Taken". There were other versions of "144" and "Taken" later recorded by Agent Steel, which were critiqued as being very pale in comparison to the original Sceptre versions. Take a listen to the Agent Steel version of "144" and then listen to the Sceptre version... you will hear a big difference! Later, SCEPTRE dis-banded from Say and Camps due to major internal problems and formed SARDO. A demo was redorded that included a new version of "Sceptre" and "Baptized in Blood", with a new line-up in '86 and another in '87 but those were never officially released.



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